Inky Green Kitchen Chic

dark, inky green kitchen with double tier cabinetsFrom sage, to leaf, and now to blackened, green is a kitchen cabinet color that’s primed to trend.

Warmer than gray, more interesting than white, and equipped with a quiet kind of glamor, medium-dark muted green manages to look urbane yet organic in the kitchen. I was immediately taken by the originality of its use by Houston designer J. Randall Powers did in his own home [top]. Glossy dark green cabinets( a color you get by adding black) paired with a dark wood floor and active white marble counters and backsplash manages to evoke the traditional comfort of an English library. Moon yellow leather-upholstered Knoll Brno chairs and matching window covering adds a discreet accent color. Having a huge antique dining table in the heart of the kitchen makes it quintessentially social and homey, yet it is appliance-packed and clearly designed for active cooking. As with many traditional kitchens today, it’s modeled on the Victorian style with glass-front, double-tier upper cabinets used to showcase china and collectibles. Don’t miss the elegant “silver cabinet” upper cabinet (far left) with a contrasting red interior that shows off the plate.

kitchen with inky green base cabinets, white walls and hex pattern tile floorA similar green reads as nearly neutral in this Laura Casey kitchen. Because there are no upper cabinets,  everything above the counters is white plus there is black and white pattern on the floor by way of 1930s bistro-style hex tile. (I love this floor!) Black perimeter counters and white marble on the island play off the tile. A dash of dark wood is mixed into the island via chunky legs (definitely optional in my mind). Then, as a device to pull the eye up from the floor pattern, nothing could be more effective than red barrel shades on the pendant lights over the island. And yet, you’d never think Christmas.

(Source: AD, Laura Casey Interiors)

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One Response to “Inky Green Kitchen Chic”

  1. Tricia Rose November 9, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I always think of this lovely tertiary green as Italian – don’t know why!

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